10 Foods You Have to Bring Home from Your Travels Abroad

May 21, 2017

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It’s tempting to seek out the most obscure foodstuffs to remember your travels by. But the best sources of edible and potable mementos are often the humble, everyday places — like supermarkets and convenience stores — which as a tourist, you might overlook. Behold, our favorite everyday foods to take home with you from your next overseas adventure, whether they’re sweet souvenirs for the ones you couldn’t take with you, or a nice way to bring home the flavors of your new favorite city.

1. When You’re in Budapest

Snag Some: Marzipan from Szamos Gourmet Ház

The old-school charm of marzipan is on display in many forms at Szamos Gourmet Ház, but the most appealing may be the csemege kocka, which, if you trust Google translate, means “gourmet cubes.” They’re chocolate-dunked, two-bite layer cakes, sort of like a high-quality Hungarian answer to Little Debbie.

Marzipan from Budapest.
Image courtesy of Szamos Gourmet Ház.

2. When You’re in Buenos Aires

Snag Some: Alfajores from Havanna

Alfajores are as Argentinian as good red wine or grass-fed steak — but much easier to take in your carry-on. Not only that, these crumbly cookie sandwiches harbor a filling of smooth dulce de leche and are enrobed in a chocolate coating.

Image courtesy of Havanna.
Image courtesy of Havanna.

3. When You’re in Copenhagen

Snag Some: Rugbrødchips from Lagkagehuset

Good Danish rye bread is still hard to find in the States and bringing back a loaf isn’t so practical (they’re heavy). Enter rugbrødchips, kind of like bagel chips, but made from Danish rye bread (i.e., rugbrød) and sooo delicious.

Image courtesy of Lagekagehusets.
Image courtesy of Lagekagehuset.

4. When You’re in Dublin

Snag Some: Green Spot Irish Whiskey from Molloy’s

Irish whiskey isn’t as high profile as Scotch, but it really should be. This limited-supply, pot-distilled liquor is aged between 7 and 10 years in bourbon and sherry barrels, has a nice balance of sweetness and spice and a stellar rep among whiskey lovers.

Image courtesy of Molloy's.
Image courtesy of Molloy’s.

5. When You’re in Lisbon

Snag Some: Minerva Sardines in Tomato Sauce from A Vida Portuguesa

Canned sardines might not sound like a glamorous memento, but these little fish are caught off the Portuguese coast, canned in a silky tomato sauce and are gorgeously packaged to boot. Eat them on crackers with a glass of vinho verde.

Image courtesy of A Vida Portuguesa.
Image courtesy of A Vida Portuguesa.

6. When You’re in London

Snag Some: The Gentleman’s Relish from Fortnum & Mason

We’d buy this for the name and packaging alone, but the pungent condiment will soon make itself a regular on your eggs, potatoes, buttered toast and anything else that benefits from a swipe of savory anchovy paste.

Image courtesy of Fortnum & Mason.
Image courtesy of Fortnum & Mason.

7. When You’re in Mexico City 

Snag Some: Pulparindo from Sumesa

Your taste buds will get a full jolt of flavor with a single bite of Pulparindo — the spicy-tart fruit leather is made from super-sour tamarind and dusted in hot chile powder.

Image courtesy of Amazon.
Image courtesy of Amazon.

8. When You’re in Milan 

Snag Some: Brooklyn Gum from Esselunga

This is Italy’s equivalent to Black Jack or Clove gum, a vintage product with cool packaging, available in weird but addictive flavors like licorice and yogurt.

Image courtesy of Kim via Flickr Creative Commons.
Image courtesy of Kim via Flickr Creative Commons.

9. When You’re in Paris

Snag Some: Bouquet Garni by Albert Menes from Monoprix

Who are we kidding, everything in France is just better. That includes these herb sachets, meant for infusing your fish dishes with flavor, and yes, class.

Image courtesy of Albert Menes.

10. When You’re in Tel Aviv

Snag Some: Har Bracha Tahini from Carmel Market

The world has gone hummus crazy, so shouldn’t you have the best tahini in your cupboard to make your own? Creamy Har Bracha tahini is made from Ethiopian sesame seeds that are milled and packaged in a small family-owned factory in Nablus. Enjoy!

Image courtesy of Har Bracha Tahini’s Facebook page.

What are some of your favorite things to bring home as souvenirs? Tell us about them, below.

Featured image courtesy of Har Bracha Tahini’s Facebook page.

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